Rajasthan Election 2018 Results LIVE Updates: The Congress on Friday appointed Ashok Gehlot Rajasthan next chief minister and Sachin Pilot his deputy. The decision ended the suspense over who would be appointed CM of the state. Informing about the decision, KC Venugopal said that the decision was taken after consultation with the various leaders and legislators.
After the announcement, Gehlot thanked Rahul Gandhi for giving him the opportunity to serve the people of Rajasthan for the third time. He was the chief minister of Rajasthan from 1998 to 2003 and again from 2008 to 2013. A Congress delegation will meet Rajasthan Governor Kalyan Singh in Jaipur at 7 pm today.
Earlier, the Congress president tweeted a picture with Pilot and Gehlot and captioned it “United colours of Rajasthan”. He appeared to have brokered a truce between the warring factions of Ashok Gehlot and Sachin Pilot.
Sachin Pilot and Ashok Gehlot were unwilling to cede ground in Rajasthan over the Congress party’s chief ministerial pick. Interestingly, several first-time winners along with veteran leaders such as Master Bhanwarlal Meghwal and Jitendra Singh were supporting Pilot while Gehlot’s supporters were mostly seasoned legislators who have also been part of his government in the past.
The impasse over the selection of the Chief Minister of Rajasthan continued over 72 hours after the Congress emerged as the primary contender to form a government in the state. Three days after the results were announced, both Ashok Gehlot and Sachin Pilot flexing their muscle to take the top spot.